2In 2020, the annual interregional “Eco-monitoring of rivers and coasts of the Gulf of Finland and the environment” conference took place the 20th time. It combined its anniversary with an atypical format: for the first time in twenty years, the conference was held online (due to the sanitary and epidemiological situation with COVID-19). The event was organized by the non-profit organization “Friends of the Baltic” and the Center of additional education named Palace of Creativity at the Voznesensky Bridge.

On September 24, a face-to-face training-seminar for teachers and volunteers took place in St. Petersburg. This annual seminar about projects and programs of the Friends of the Baltic traditionally takes place at the beginning of the academic year. This year we had an opportunity to thanks to enlarge the scale of participation up to 45 people due to support of the transboundary cooperation project SEVIRA «Water meets people: learn, act & influence».

On September 10, experts from ecological organization Friends of the Baltic, Ecocentrum Ltd, and North-West PGO JSC (Rosgeologia Holding) were the central part of the press conference held at the INTERFAX news agency. Experts spoke about the research of rivers and springs of the Leningrad Region under «Water meets people: learn, act & influence» (SEVIRA) project and «Clean Springs - Healthy Baltic» project, supported by the Presidential Grants Fund.

Friends of the Baltic NGO has opened the exhibition on plastic pollution "About plastics: from challenge to solutions!" in the Ecology-biology center "Krestovsky island" of St.Petersburg Central Palace of youth creativity.


Friends of the Baltic presented the experience of public organizations working with plastic pollution and marine litter at the conference of the Union of Baltic cities (UBC). The conference was held on 15.10.2019 in Kaunas, Lithuania.


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